Tuesday, November 15, 2005

At Sony, stupidity is job one

Sony BMG has relented and is recalling the copy-protected CDs it's been trying to foist on consumers like you and me, although they won't work in iTunes, our iPods or any other standard MP3 player.

But the move is too late for folks whose computers have been damaged by Sony's software, not only the original copy-protection code but a patch Sony released to fix it after the initial furor. Incompetent is the first word that comes to mind.

Followed by boycott. Sony, as well as EMI, still have plans to copy protect all "major" releases (whatever those are) by 2006. If so, no more business from me, a guy who's bought four figures worth of CDs this year.

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